You may never have heard of Williams Grove Amusement Park. Not many have.
Located just south of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, Williams Grove operated in different capacities from 1850 until 2005. For many decades, it was simply a picnic site. It wasn’t until 1928 when amusement rides began to appear. Among them, the Cyclone, a 65-foot-tall wooden coaster, was the most prominent.
Williams Grove has been closed since 2005 when the park’s namesake family decided to focus their energy on the nearby Williams Grove Speedway and couldn’t find a buyer. But now, for Halloween 2016, it will open for a single night of “Terror in the Park,” replete with scare actors and terror trails in the tradition of many other amusement parks, mazes, and haunted hayrides.
As has been the case for the last 11 years, no rides will be open; only a few still stand, including the sadly decaying structure of the Cyclone. (A derelict coaster is always a sad sight for coaster enthusiasts!) But, Terror in the Park operators targeted Williams Grove specifically for the spooky atmosphere that the decaying site will provide.
Terror in the Park at Williams Grove will run from 6pm to midnight on Monday, October 31. Tickets are $45 – a bit steep, but it’s a one-time-only experience – and can be purchased at halloweenpark.com.